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Friday, September 13, 2013

Fraud in the fleet

A friend recently described an interesting example of fraud in a business. It seems his company operates a fleet of rented vehicles. The rental company contractually provides a credit card and monitoring program for each vehicle keeping track of fuel utilization and service needs. They provide a monthly fleet status report. Upon a periodic review a determination was made that some of the vehicles had excessive fuel charges.

An extensive investigation over a long period of time found that one of the regular vehicle users had a habit of taking the credit cards at the end of his shift, purchasing and reselling excessive amounts of fuel on a regular basis.

An argument ensued between the two organizations about who owned the responsibility of catching this issue earlier. The employee was fired of course.

How do you monitor fraud in your organization?

Steve Koenig, SCORE Counselor



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